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Silent movie actress Lillian Gish

Silent movie actress Lillian Gish

1920s Hollywood star and silent movie actress Lillian Gish photographed by Charles Albin, New York, 1922. Aren’t her gloves and veil pretty? Such a lovely photo!

Marlene Dietrich with one of the first manicures

Marlene Dietrich with one of the first manicures

Marlene Dietrich photographed during the 1930s. It’s nice to see a photo of her in a day outfit rather than a vampy evening dress. Her manicure would have been quite a new thing too, as nail polish was only invented in the 1930s and started with by the kind of manicure you can see here(…)

Young Joan Collins with a pancake on her head

Young Joan Collins with a pancake on her head

As you can see it’s not *actually* a pancake, but the hat does look like a pancake so I’m going to call it a pancake hat (until someone more knowledgable corrects me). Anyway, this is a publicity photo of a young Joan Collins from the 1952 movie I Believe in You. I’m not sure how(…)

What a great view!

What a great view!

This photo was taken in Panama City, Florida in 1966. The model is Melody May. Fabulous bikini, fabulous view!

A very stylish outfit from 1912

A very stylish outfit from 1912

Parisienne vintage winter fashion from 1912: A ladies walking costume consisting of a slender cut dress and a coat done up diagonally, trimmed with a fur collar and cuffs. Isn’t this stylish? I had no idea that pre-1920s fashion was this chic, I thought it was all bustles and corsets!

1920s photo: another lost beauty

1920s photo: another lost beauty

Another beautiful portrait of a woman whose name has got lost somewhere in the mists of time. She was photographed in 1924 by Frank A. Kunishige and may (or may not) have been called Betti. I love her beautiful hat (and very serious expression, she looks like she may have been a bit cross with(…)

An enigmatic 1960s portrait with baggy fishnets

I have a real fascination for portraits of unknown people. Like the forgotten beauties from a few days ago the only thing known about this woman is when and where she was photographed. The photo was taken by American photographer James Jowers in Washington Sq Park in 1968, but nothing is known about the subject(…)

The 1930s radio hat

The 1930s radio hat

Portable radio in a straw hat, made by an American inventor in 1931. Any why not?

Criminal mugshots from the 1900s (some sexy, some creepy)

Criminal mugshots from the 1900s (some sexy, some creepy)

Criminal mugshots of men arrested in England in the early 1900s for a variety of crimes including Larceny (is this the same as theft?), False Pretences and Indecent Exposure (he’s a creepy one). I must admit that Andrea Laudano (above) is rather dishy, you can see he probably had a real way with the ladies(…)

Britt Ekland looking a bit wierd, 1980s

Britt Ekland looking a bit wierd, 1980s

Is it just me or is this a bit of a strange photo of Britt Ekland? She’s so naturally beautiful, and yet what she’s wearing seems to do nothing for her at all – the fur hat, the ringlets, that pinky red lipstick…?!  The photo was taken on Hampstead Heath in London in 1986. What(…)

Quotes: Lucille Ball on love

Quotes: Lucille Ball on love

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. Lucille Ball The photo of Lucille Ball (above) was taken around 1934.

Is this a trick photo or does this girl just have amazing skills?

Is this a trick photo or does this girl just have amazing skills?

A girl standing on tip toe on a champagne bottle in a pleated costume and top hat from 1904. Is this even possible? My balance is absolutely terrible so it certainly seems impossible to me. Do you think this is a trick photo or just some acrobatic brilliance..?

1930s gangster chic for girls

1930s gangster chic for girls

Oh how I love this outfit! It’s so chic and Garbo-esque! I love the tilt of the hat, the sharp masculine tailoring, the bold pinstripes, it’s gorgeous! The girl is actress and movie star Lilli Palmer from a promo photo in 1936. Doesn’t she look amazing? I only wish we could see the rest of(…)

Contact sheet from a 1940s fashion shoot

Contact sheet from a 1940s fashion shoot

Contact sheet of photos taken by Toni Frissell in the mid to late 1940s in front of the Washington Monument. The photos were taken for an advertisement for Garfinckel’s to go into Vogue magazine. Which of these photos would you pick as the best?

60s Style Icons: Jackie Kennedy

60s Style Icons: Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy is one of the iconic figures in 1960s fashion.  Her grace and understated style appealed to a wide audience and the ‘Jackie Kennedy look’ was widely emulated in the USA in the early years of the decade. Her status as a fashion icon was costly though, in her first year in the White(…)

Vintage wedding dress embroidered with pearls

Vintage wedding dress embroidered with pearls

American Eleanor Clay Ford, wife of Edsel Bryant Ford, in her beautiful beaded wedding gown and headdress, 1916. I like the way the pearl necklace reflects the pearls on the bodice and in her hair, isn’t it a beautiful outfit? And here she is (below) with her husband in 1924 wearing some very natty checked(…)